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Rock legend David Bowie has led the tributes to US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who died on Sunday aged 71.Bowie’s Facebook page said of his “old friend”, considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock: “He was a master.”
Reed’s second solo album Transformer, featuring Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, was co-produced by Bowie.
Reed’s literary agent said he died of a “liver-related ailment”.
The last tweet posted on his official Twitter account, hours before the news of his death, simply stated: “The Door”. The tweet links through to a photograph of a door, with a poster of Reed on it and the words “Papa Loves Baby” scrawled underneath.
Reed’s former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale wrote on his website: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.'”
Other stars paying tribute included The Who, who tweeted: “RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.” Iggy Pop said it was “devastating news”.
An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed had a liver transplant this May after suffering liver failure.
“I am a triumph of modern medicine,” Reed posted on his website on 1 June.
But Reed’s literary agent Andrew Wylie said the musician, who died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning, had not been well “for a few months”.